The results of the GeForce 9600 GT are marked with dark blue in the diagram. Both cards from the GeForce 8800 series are marked with teal and the GeForce 9800 GTX, with purple.
The cards were tested in Futuremark’s benchmarks at the default settings only.
The first number in the diagram is the graphics card’s result in the HDR/SM3.0 tests whereas the second number, in bold font, is the total score. It is clear the GeForce 9600 GT is the only card that falls behind. The GeForce 8800 GT is not so far behind the leaders and even overtakes them if overclocked. The GeForce 8800 GTS and 9800 GTX are very close to each other. Interestingly, the overclocked GeForce 8800 GTS/512 has the same score as the GeForce 9800 GTX overclocked to a higher memory frequency. Take note of this fact – the GeForce 8800 GTS will have an advantage over the 9800 GTX in some other tests, too.
It is similar to 3DMark06 overall. The GeForce 9600 GT is lagging behind even when overclocked. The GeForce 8800 GT is close behind the leaders whereas the GeForce 8800 GTS/512 is on top at the overclocked frequencies. The GeForce 8800 GTS has a 10MHz higher frequency of the GPU, which cannot be the reason why it beats the GeForce 9800 GTX which has high-frequency memory. The 9800 GTX is beaten at the overclocked frequencies and wins by a very small margin in the default mode, and this must be due to its higher memory timings. ForceWare optimizations are disabled and cannot affect these cards’ performance.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl (Direct3D 9)
Every graphics card ensures a comfortable frame rate in every of the three display resolutions of this game. I wouldn’t say the gaps are large between the cards. As a rule, an overclocked junior card is faster or equal to a higher-level card working at the default frequencies. Thus, the GeForce 9600 GT at 738/2106MHz is as fast as the GeForce 8800 GT at the default clock rates. The latter in its turn is better, when overclocked, than the GeForce 8800 GTS/512 which is equal or even somewhat faster than the GeForce 9800 GTX.